Avoiding Colour Disasters!!

We all see these amazing colours and styles on Pinterest and we pin them and say to ourselves I want this and have it stored to show our colourist, or we think maybe I could attempt this myself! “No” !! Please always for any extreme colours going darker or lighter a colourist is qualified and it is not simple to do hair colour..

 

We want to avoid you feeling like said picture above ^

 

But, there is no denying you can’t have the colour you are after or somewhere near it listen to your colourist they are qualified for a reason and taking you miles away from your natural hair colour is extreme! 

Lets say your hair colour is naturally a light brown and your asking for an un-natural looking black hue or blue-black hue? It is going to be obvious not that you can not go darker but the colourist will know the right shade that works for you and only you. 

The most important thing is to emulate your natural shade as much as possible. Maybe one shade darker or lighter at first. 

Highlights you’ve seen and have it set in your head that you want sun kissed everywhere! 

Highlights are meant to look like they were cause by the sun so over highlighting your hair too light, looks fake.. You need balance instead of super thick stripes or unblended uniform colour! 

So’ you’ve chanced a box colour on your roots! The hair along your hairline are finer, so they absorb colour quicker and now you look darker! So a trip to the salon were you could have saved yourself a few bob by booking in for a top up or surround by your colourist.

Think about your complexion, You would never purchase a foundation two shades darker than your skin tone and go out in public! Why would you with you hair. Michelle and Carol always consider the complexion listen to your colourist and all the factors. Believe me you will feel more natural and see how your hair can compliment your skin tone, eye colour, even eyebrows..

 

You bleached your hair at home and now it is orange! Box colour is not fully able to lift dark pigment out of strands! In a salon the colourist will know the exact amount of peroxide needed (and how long) depending on the health of the hair. 

If you’ve made is this far in life without any major colour disasters your luckier than most.

I cannot stress enough, listen to your colourist they have experience and colour knowledge they qualified in this field.  Have a consultation when considering a colour change from there you can take the advice and digest it before you decide what to do. We all want it and want it now but in the long run you have to be happy and as long as your hair is done everything else follows. 

 

We want good hair , we want our clients to have amazing hair, we want good hair days #everyday 

 

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Bronde- The Clue is in the name! Bronde is a colour technique that fuses brown and blonde to create a sun kissed rich hair effect. 

 

By Blending Brown and Blonde lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. Balayage is always an amazing technique for when you want to go lighter of darker but not high maintenance so win, win and bronde will be a winner for those opting for a change but not drastic ..

 

So, if you favour rich, natural brunette tones , this is one to try.

Bronde is a technique done best in a salon by a colourist Mochas are perfect for the Bronde look as they are rich and glossy. L’Oreal Professional bleaches have advanced technologies. 

How a colourist places bleach to strands is a technique and our girls are masters at colour placement to highlight specific facial areas, to lift and enhance I mean who does not want a hairlift? 

 

Colour Refresh – Colour and Tone

Colour and toner both contribute to colouring hair but in different ways, clients are not aware that you can get your hair toned in between colour service to brighten it up to keep you going until your next appointment. 

The difference between hair colour and toner? Well, hair colour is a chemical process and yes ladies all know this but just case you were not aware Toner is not for all hair types ‘but’ most used in double processing this means hair that is bleached up or blonde. 

We are a L’Oreal Professional salon and what we would use of many options for colour would be L’Oreal Richesse- Alkaline tone on tone cream colour 

Ammonia free, improved white hair coverage by up to 70%

L’Oreal Dia Light- Acid tone on tone gel cream colour

Ammonia free and the more natural hair with luminous reflects.

Maintenance should be top of your list as fashion colours such as pastel tones fade fast. Toner in between colour , blonde, balayage, highlights rids hair of those unwanted tones like orange, orange yellow and yellow, brassy hair colour fade..

A blonde toner can neutralise and correct the tone of your hair without lightening it further.

Colour is the chemical process and toner cancels out unwanted tones in your hair. 

Highly recommend this service in between colour service. We all hate that fading phase in between. 

 

Going back to your roots

We all with summer love to go lighter and brighter ‘but’ a new wave that has been popular is going back to your roots and not just balayage although this is a great way to ease you into going back to root colour or having a low maintenance colour. I have been colouring my hair so long like most ”Can you remember what your natural hair colour even is”

If you have been thinking about going a darker blonde or adding caramel , coral or tones to your hair always let your colourist know that although you want a dark blonde you are not looking to brighten it up as your colourist will interpret this as something completely different and we can’t have us having the meltdowns so visuals are great when thinking of that colour change.

This is a fab example of dark ashy blonde that is not washed out.

You could always ease your way and start Balayage , actually this would be recommended if you are scared to take the leap at once this way you are easing yourself in. 

There are so many shades to suit different skin tones 

I have been highlights , bleach, root colour for years and with the help of master of colour Michelle I am going to take the leap and go back to my natural tones saying that I adore the platinum Balayage so I am going to lean more that way. Visuals are great for any change of colour so the colourist can get a fell for what you mean visually. 

This is such a fab colour she is ashy blonde and it suits a treat. Colourist have genius ways of adding light or tones to frame the face if you choose or add movement. 

This colour has a wide spectrum of shades and we love it 

Ain’t no hood like Motherhood..

Are you an expecting mom , few in the knows as you are experiencing so many major changes in your body your hair during pregnancy, with the influx of hormones your hair may feel thicker. Pregnancy changes the growing , resting and falling out phases your hair usually go through so you feel like your hair is thicker but this is in fact because you are not losing it.

 Your hair grows a lot faster during pregnancy as your body experiences an influx of estrogen. 

So a lot of questions we would get asked is it safe to colour my hair”? Our answer to that would be if you are cautious? Consider waiting until the second trimester. 

Colouring hair semi, permanent and highlights are safe during pregnancy because this small amount is not considered harmful to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Highlights are not placed onto scalp they are placed onto individual strands of hair therefore not absorbed into the bloodstream. Always tell your hairdresser and they can chat with you regarding any concerns you may have. 

So you now you’re a Mom and you are experiencing hair loss, some women more than others will lose a lot of hair but please don’t stress this is so common. This is because you Estrogen levels take a tumble usually happen around 2-3mths after having baby. Please know this is temporary and be gentle with your hair through this phase and take care of your hair until normal hair growth resumes which takes up to 12-mths. 

Avoid tight hairstyles , pulling or styling the hair too tight. Be careful with heat try a heat protection product if blow-drying etc. sometimes these can not be avoided but when you are in salon with your stylist try a treatment regularly to help care for new hair. 

Try some supplements , Vitamin B Complex – this is an important Vitamin to reduce hair fall post pregnancy for hair proteins like keratin.

Omega-3 – Fatty acids, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids are essential for healthy hair. 

So if your expecting or just welcomed your bundle of joy home I hope this was helpful. 

Your hairdresser is always on hand to help ease any concerns you have. 

Pureology- serious colour care

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To Pureology , sustainability is a long term commitment to minimising the negative environmental impact of their products from the ingredients to the raw materials that compromise packaging to the effect their products have on the environment during and after use. 

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In minimising the environmental impact through water conservation, water reduction and reduced eco-toxicity. In animal rights, Pureology products are never tested on animals. Bottles are made of 50% post consumer recycled materials and are 100% recyclable .

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AUTHENTICITY

Diversion is when products are sold in ‘unauthorised’ places. Pureology products are sold exclusively in salons and spas. 

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Pureology Shampoos are free from sulphates formulated with naturally derived coconut, corn and sugar to gentle cleanse while maximising colour retention. 

Surfactants are an essential part of a shampoos cleansing system. The shampoos have a gentle and protective sulphate free system. Free from harsh colour stripping agents and no added salt. Preserve colour and deliver optimum condition.

100% vegan formulas are made with plants extracts. 

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Created especially for professional colourists and their clients, Pureology is a salon haircare brand unlike any other.

Custom colour care systems are the cornerstone of pureology. The exclusive anti-fade complex with antioxidants and full spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens helps colour treated hair retain its fresh from the salon vibrancy.

Below are the products we have in stock:

OUR HAIRCARE SYSTEMS 

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HYDRATE RANGE – gives dry, parched colour treated hair the restoration moisture and care it needs. Exclusive Anti-fade complex with green tea, hydrating jojoba. 

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STRENGTH CURE – Gives damaged colour treated hair the healing help it needs with pasta repair restore internal strength.

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PURE VOLUME – With wheat protein and eucalyptus formulas weightlessly elevate strands with anti fade complex signature aromatherapy blend of musk, amber, peach and jasmine. 

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PERFECT 4 PLATINUM – Clarifies and strengthens fragile, highlighted and highly lifted hair for added brilliance with a signature blend of pear, peony and vanilla.

78% stronger hair after one application. 

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Precious Oil- For brittle, dull colour treated hair. 

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PURIFY- For all hair types of colour treated hair without stripping, enriched with hazel, baking soda and tea tree oil removes impurities and build up. Exclusive anti fade complex with tea tree oil, rosemary and witch hazel. 

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COLOUR FANATIC- 21 essential benefits in just one bottle. A multi tasking leave in treatment that primes, protects and perfects in an instant.

PRIME- Protects against colour fade

Instantly detangles 

Moisturises and weightlessly conditions 

Ideal cutting lotion

PROTECT- Prevents split ends

Prevents breakage from brushing

Shields against environmental damage

PERFECT- Smoothes out hair surface

Helps seal hair cuticle 

Reduces dryness and contracts frizz

Adds shine 

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FULLFYL- 3 step hair thickening system creates full bodied hair, with intracylane for a densifying effect with phytoblend for optimal colour vibrancy and thicker hair. 

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STRENGHT CURE- Strengthening repair for micro scarred damaged hair. Formulated with out exclusive pasta-repair. Creamy formula helps heal and provides the perfect balance of strength and velvety softness. 

Pureology is the most advanced formula to safeguard your hair colour. If you want to know more about this fantastic range we are exclusively stocking in the salon ask your Colourist/stylist next time you are in the salon. 

Stand out from the crowd..

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Keune Colour Craving is a professional salon treatment that can be topped up at home. 

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Keune colour craving is available in 8 fabulous colours from soft pastels to vivid vibrants that beautifully fade.

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There are so many shades to choose from, we have them available to purchase in the salon for only €20.

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Now all you have to do is decide which colour tickles your fancy 🙂 

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SALON CONSULTATIONS.

To get the very most out of your consultation with a stylist and your salon experience be open and honest, communication is key. You often hear a friend or someone you know say ” I do not like my haircut” ”I can not manage it” We at foxandbow do not want any client to feel like this, so we will be honest about what is manageable for you.

Some Tips when you are thinking of having a new cut/colour now or in the future. Requesting a cut that you simply wont have the time to properly style at home, whether it be too time consuming or does not suit your life-style. Same goes for colour, if you think you will more likely come in every six months ( instead of typical 4-6 weeks) then we suggest a colour that is best to what you want but requires less up keep.  Be honest, if you like a particular celebrity’s style, what is it about him/her can you identify with? Hair type? appearance? Style? Try not to overwhelm yourself with pictures pick your 3 pictures and the stylist can determine the common denominator to narrow it down to figure out what it is you like and can suggest a variation that is best for you.

 

TRUST your stylist, remember that they are  a professional whose job it is to make you look good and can fit in with your lifestyle.  Do not be afraid, we want to get to know you and all about you not just you’r hair..

Wella Trend Vision 2014

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Congratulations to our uber talented Caren Cullen on winning in this years Trend vision and being recognised as one of Ireland’s top professional (we knew she was a ledge) hair colourists following her success at reaching the UK & Ireland final of the hairdressing industry’s most prestigious competition.

 

Caren is now one of only 12 Irish hairdressers to reach this year’s UK & Ireland final, making her one of the country’s most sought- after and in demand professional hair stylists.

”I’m so proud to have reached the UK & Ireland final of such a prestigious competition. I’ve always had a huge passion for hair and I am very excited about taking part and competing against the best Hairdressers in the country at the Wella Professionals Trend Vision award UK & Ireland final in October” ‘ My Model Bernie Hannon and Make-up Artist Mandy O Loughlin have been fantastic to work with and I can not wait to compete in October’ Thank You xx

Below are before and after of  my entrant under Urban Native category:

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So Whether you fancy a totally new style, brand new colour, the latest celeb look, or just want advice from the hairdressing elite, look no further. xx

 

HAIR MILES

Our Treat cards points:

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Tuesday & Wednesdays – Straight & Wavy blow-dry: 470 

Thursday –   Straight & Wavy blow – dry: 900

HAIRCUTS –  Style Director: 1,500

    Top Stylist: 1,300

                       Stylist: 1,200 

COLOUR – 1/2 Head hi lites: 1,300

Full Head lites: 2,100

     Semi/Permanent: 790

Top Panel & Surround: 1,500

Two week top up: 800

Balayage: 1,800

Happy Points Building..